the volume to max with an equal bass level, turn off your lights and press
play. That is the best way to listen to Israel based electronic trio, Garden
City Movement for the first time. Barely a year ago, Garden City Movement seeped
onto musical radars all around world with their song, “Move On” a single off
their debut EP titled, Entertainment.
It’s heartfelt tempo and intertwining vocals made it quite hard to grasp the
fact that these three men were newcomers to the music industry. Their
comprehension of music is flawlessly demonstrated not only in their unique
sounds but their lyrics as well. Since the release of that track, they
have worked endlessly, kicking off their first European tour, a debut Boiler
Room performance, and releasing another EP called, Bengali Cinema. For these three young individuals this is just the
beginning, and with no intentions of slowing down, the future for Garden City
Movement looks promising. Luckily, Up All Night got the chance to talk to the
group about their goals, their single “Move On”, and what they think the
future holds for them.
us a bit about how the three of you connected? Why the name Garden City
- At first, Joe and I were members/producers in a group called Lorena B. We went
on a few tours in the UK and had some good times, including support for
Disclosure, Apparat and few others.When We started working on our last EP we
met Johnny (a DJ, nightlife Persona and Journalist) who helped us a lot and
contributed texts as well.After Lorena
B broke up, Joe and I started working on some new materials, and at some point
we wanted texts for our songs.So we called Johnny for a session
at my studio. Energy was amazing and in one session We wrote and produced “Move
On.”From there on
things sort of happened themselves
- The name came up because "Bauhaus" was already taken and we wanted
something from the architecture world and the "Garden City
Movement" method felt right.
you say it’s a struggle being an electronic group from Israel?
Johnny - I think it's the same struggle for any band that
comes from a different place other than The U.S. or the UK. But when you
simplify things, if you make good music and people get exposed to it and like
it then it doesn't really matter where you come from. Musicians and bands
should be judged by their music, not by the place they were born at - it was
never their choice.
do you guys keep a balance in your relationship with each other, so that no one
is more dominant than the other?
- It was an important principle from day one. Everybody has his own role in the
band, and nothing is more important than the other. When producing electronic music in a
group, recording samples, vocals and beats - roles and borders get blurred
because everybody sort of do everything.So
each of us contributes his own talent into the band, and the right blend makes
it work. No need for a frontman for that.
“Move On” was the first track that helped surface
Garden City Movement, was the reaction everything you three hoped for from your
listeners? Does the track express personal experiences?
I don't think we expected it to be what it became, but we thought it's a good
song that people can relate to and that's what happened. The song (like most of
our songs) is a mixture of personal experiences blend with a lot of other
inspirations. I think what I like most about the "Move On"
reactions is that people made up words by only listening to the song and
each one took it to their own place.
the Bengali Cinema EP just been released, how was that experience creatively
for the three of you?
- Producing 'Bengali Cinema' was an interesting and tricky experience.We already established our sound in our
first 'Entertainment' EP, and our goal was to take this sound and make it even
more unique.So we dug a little more and
deepened our oriental side, as well as our beats, resulting in a reacher more
profound sound in tracks like “Terracotta” and “Lir.”We used much more live instruments
and samples, which resulted in a warmer and deeper sound.The whole process had to happened
in a short time because we were heading for our first tour.I
think it was an amazing and super creative experience.
you tell us about the importance of the song, “Terracotta”? Johnny - "Terracotta" is kind of the main link between the two
EPs. In some way the song is a continuation to our "Casa Mila" track. I think
it's going to be a trilogy, but you'll have to wait for our album to see..
would you say are the main emotions behind the Bengali Cinema EP?
are you guys trying to reach with your music?
- First of all we try to enjoy and express ourselves - musically and
personally. After that we are trying to reach the ears that are willing to
listen.All of our songs
work on several levels. We try to make things sound accessible for all ears,
and yet have the extra depth for those who want to dig in.
This past April I was lucky enough to experience my first Coachella music festival and I can't even put into words how amazing the entire get up was. From the first to the last day my mind was blown and I can't wait for next year. For three days I was able to witness some of the best bands and part take in the best eargasms of my life. But one artist I will never forget dancing to was producer, Duke Dumont. By far one of the best electronic performances I saw there, from start to finish I was captivated. Experiencing him live only gave me a bigger appreciation for him as an artist. Anyways, I could go on and on so let me stop now. Here from his new EP, "Slow Dance" I am back to the Yuma Tent at Coachella dancing the life out of me to Mr. Dumont.
Today was one of those days where I opened my emails and one just puts my world to a small pause. Who to blame for such a pause? Portugal based and on the rise to the music world, Mira, un Lobo! Funny thing about this discovery was I opened their email on my phone and rarely do I ever open tracks on my phone because I like to wait till I get myself around good speakers. However, I didn't want to wait to listen to this remix, I took my phone and placed the bottom of it (where the speakers are) up against my ear and I instantly got put into a trance with their remix on Capital Cities song, "One Minute More". Tomorrows Friday, get ready right and I am quite excited for whats to come with this new artist.
It was probably a month or two ago when I first listened to Australian electronic group, Crooked Colours and I really loved their In Your Bones EP. And since the release of that EP producers far and wide have gotten ahold of their tracks putting out some killer remixes. However, fellow Australian producer, cln took the cake for me with his rendition of their track, "Keep Your Mouth For Lying". Compared to all the other remixes on this song this one really stopped me in my tracks. The second the remix started I felt my body was slowly floating away from me and I imagined small drum beats inching their way through my skin...dreaming.
Canadian producer Cyril Hahn has yet again taken a strong female vocal into his reins, Jessie Ware and has flipped her track into a early 90's themed remix. His ability to take slow tempo song and make it all his own keeps this man up on my top producers list. And the fact that most of his remixes are on female artists, melt. Invoking the same emotion as the original but not as sad with Hahn's touch.
"when your heart becomes a million different pieces
thats when you won't be able to recognize this feeling"
Some of you might already be familiar with these Paris natives and newcomers to the electronic disco world, Basic Tape because of their remix of MØ's track, "Don't Wanna Dance" which ironically only made us want to dance. With a successful remix it was only a matter of time until they put out their own tunes and they've come and conquered. "Sunny Spell" starts out mellow but barely a minute in you'll find yourself grooving to the nu-disco beat.
THANK YOU New York based producer, Mickey Valen for the perfect remix to complete my weekend and make it all the better. I've just spent the past hour not only listening to Valen's most recent remix on Say Lou Lou's single, "Everything We Touch" but all his works and I am completely...obsessed. Much love over to this producer for sharing this gem with me. Can't wait for whats to come for this guy!
Today's advice, DREAM BIG && keep dreaming big. I have this tendency to dream bigger than I can even comprehend, my brain constantly steps out of reality and drifts off into worlds that I wish I could always be in. Might be a flaw to some but its worked in my favor so far. Dreaming for only what you think you deserve...well have fun with that. Dream far outside the box and start dreaming to this song. Thank you Backstroke.